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Thursday Habs Headlines: Max Pacioretty's knee injury recovery is right on track

Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens and the league, including Max Pacioretty's rehab, an interview with Scott Mellanby and goalie talk.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Max Pacioretty seems to be recovering right on schedule. The winger has a history of bouncing back from injuries quickly and will hopefully be able to suit up for the team come October. [NHL]
  • Four years in, the question of whether or not Alex Galchenyuk can play centre has yet to be resolved. However, the upcoming season may end this debate once and for all. [TSN 690]
  • "...it's not that they are near the point where he has to play centre. He [Therrien] was saying they were near the point where they have to find out if he can play centre because the whole debate of him at centre is being made in the dark."
  • Michel Therrien gave back to the city of Montreal in a big way. [@CanadiensMTL]
  • Speaking of giving back, both Brendan Gallagher and Nathan Beaulieu are helping each other support their respective charities. [The Province]
  • Congratulations to Charles Hudon, who is now the proud father of a newborn baby girl! [TVA] (French)
  • Let us never speak of this ever again. [@mkmolnar
  • In signing both Alex Semin and Zack Kassian, Marc Bergevin has addressed the lack of scoring depth on the wing. With the exception of Brendan Gallagher, the Canadiens' lack goal scoring threats down the right wing. [TSN 690]
  • Check out this interview with current Canadiens' assistant general manager Scott Mellanby. He shared some of his experiences as an NHL player and elaborated on the difficulty of creating a contending team. [Sporting Ground]
  • "You always want to help your coaches and players more, but there is only so much you can do in this cap world. We would love another 40 goal guy, but they aren’t easy to find, and if one is available, it’s an 8 million dollar cap hit, which doesn’t always work. It’s tough to make deals because it’s as much about money fitting now and 3 years from now, and the hockey part has to match too."

  • Nikita Scherbak is making the most of his time in Montreal. The Russian forward is currently working with Canadiens' strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard and is training alongside defenseman Alexei Emelin. [Canadiens]
  • Zach Fucale speaks for all hockey fans right now. [@Fucale31]

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • How well does Zach Fucale compare against some of the best goaltending prospects in the NHL? [In Goal Mag]
  • Hockey analytics have long neglected goaltenders but not anymore. Check out how a new statistic, Goals Saved Above Average (GSAA), can help evaluate goaltenders. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Boston Bruins' owner Jeremy Jacobs was one of two winners to receive the Lester Patrick Award, an award which "honors individuals for their contributions to hockey in the U.S.". Yes, this is the same Jeremy Jacobs who was infamously involved in the 2005 and 2012 NHL lockouts. [Puck Daddy]
  • The job of a general manager is never easy. Take a look at how GM Alex Anthopoulos's difficult decisions have changed the Toronto Blue Jays into true contenders in the American League East. [Sportsnet]
  • EA Sports will no longer feature Patrick Kane on the cover of NHL 16. [@EASPORTSNHL]